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Sonic Frontiers (ソニックフロンティア) is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Sonic Team, which launched on November 8, 2022 for multiple platforms. It was officially revealed during the Sonic Central presentation in May 2021, albeit without a proper title, which would later be revealed during The Game Awards 2021 on December 9, 2021.
Following traces of the Chaos Emeralds, Sonic, Tails and Amy fly the Tornado towards the Starfall Islands, an archipelago of islands forgotten by all. As they were approaching the islands, a wormhole suddenly appears in the sky, sucking Sonic in and separating him from his friends. Upon waking up, Sonic finds himself stuck in Cyber Space, a digital space resembling a place he is familiar with. He successfully escapes, and finds himself on Kronos Island, one of the Starfall Islands. Guided by mysterous voice, Sonic must now gather the Chaos Emeralds.
Sonic Frontiers is an Open Zone game in which the player is tasked with gathering the Chaos Emeralds inside of large sandbox/open world style areas. In Sonic Frontiers' core gameplay loop, first the player must defeat Guardians in combat to obtain Portal Gears in order to enter Cyber Space. By clearing Cyber Space stages the player can obtain Vault Keys, which are used to open Chaos Emerald vaults and obtain the Emerald inside. Once the player has obtained all 7 Emeralds, Sonic will go Super Sonic in order to defeat the island's Titan.
Sonic has a large number of new abilities given to him by the cyber energy he gets from opening Cyber Cages. The player uses these abilities within combat against the many ancient robots scattered across the islands.
At the time of the game's announcement during the Sonic Central presentation it was tentatively named the Sonic Project for 2022. However, only hours following the presentation's debut, web and video hackers would uncover references to "Sonic Rangers", likely being opted by Sega as the game's title until the official title was eventually revealed.
Sonic Frontiers had a large presence at Tokyo Game Show 2022, with an attention-getting Sonic the Hedgehog inflatable and a number of stations where attendees could play the game.